Merriam-Webster defines in-between "as a state or position that is in the middle between two other things." I'm finding myself within a few in-betweens at the moment. In-between school semesters, in-between a crazy-busy time at work, and I find myself in-between running goals. You may have read, I participated in a 5K race a week or so ago, not a great showing I might add. My next running adventure will include a 10K race mid-September. Of course I'm nervous, excited and eager to get our training in gear. But, the training schedule doesn't start until June 1. So, I find myself at a loss of what exactly I should be doing from now until then.
Yes, I need to work on speed. Yes, I need to work on endurance and yes hills are still my nemesis. But all these things will be included in our training plan, a plan created by someone who knows what there doing. So. What should I do?
After that 5K, I discovered something. I'm not comfortable. Not at the pace I've been doing. I kicked it up a notch before I was really ready to, and tried to maintain that. The consequence has been misery. Nothing felt right and getting 3 miles in was becoming more difficult and frustrating.
This past week, I just ran. I didn't worry about time and I really didn't worry about distance. I simply ran. Yesterday I did a route that I'd been struggling with, always walking right after a certain hill, feeling like I was going to stroke out. But yesterday, I slowed down and I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to do the 3 miles without much problem or discomfort. For today, I planned to do 4. Midway through, instead of taking the right onto Crescent Rd toward home, I went left! Inconceivable! What is even crazier is that after I finished what turned out to be 4.9 miles and was walking back to my car, I realized that I had it in me go go further. I don't know how much further mind you. Just, further.
I can't tell you what an accomplishment and confidence booster these past two days have been for me. So, I've realized what I will be doing in this in-between. Get comfortable. That's my mission. I can work on the other stuff in a month, and I'm not going to worry about it until then.
So if you find yourself in an in-between, just run.
p.s. if you happen to be driving and see me in the road, please don't run me over :-)